The TMS Mapping
Your first visit is called the ‘mapping’. Mapping is a fancy term for ‘locating’ the area of the brain to be treated. For the treatment of depression, this area is called the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which is just above the left eyebrow.
During the mapping visit, we will determine your ‘motor threshold’ (the amount of energy required to invoke a stimulus). Once complete, you will receive your first treatment. Your daily treatments will be administered by a rTMS Therapy Certified Technician.
Schedule the Treatment Series
rTMS and iTBS protocols require different time commitments. Choosing a TMS treatment path that fits your schedule is imperative for success. Also, we often utilize the global connectivity effects of Ketamine Infusion Therapy to enhance our patients overall success. Our staff will work to ensure that you are well prepared, well educated, and well supported throughout your treatment series so that you are able to achieve the best possible results.
rTMS is one treatment per day, Monday-Friday, for 6 weeks with a 3-week wean, totaling 36 sessions. This option is good for those who cannot take off time from work or daily responsibilities. The time commitment is low.
iTBS (SNT protocol) is an aggressive 5-day protocol developed by Stanford Department of Psychiatry which allows patients to undergo 10 sessions/day for five consecutive days, totaling 50 iTBS sessions. The SNT protocol currently is able to report the highest rate of remission when compared to all other neuro-regenerative interventions for intractable depression. It is important that treatment protocols are tailored to fit the needs of the individual.
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